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  • The perils of micromanagement (and how leaders can fix it)

    10th November 2021

    Attention to detail is a good leadership skill. But there is a thin line between ensuring teams are performing well and micromanagement. And it can be easy for leaders to slip into the latter and become control freaks without even realising it. So, how can leaders identify that they are micromanaging?

  • How can you tackle complacency in the workplace?

    7th September 2021

    Workplace complacency is a danger for all organisations. Some call it a ‘disease’. Others as ‘fat’ or the ‘enemy’. Whatever language we use to describe it, it is clear that complacent workers can impact a team’s success. But how can leaders identify complacency in their teams? And how can they tackle it?

  • How can your business create a coaching culture?

    13th August 2021

    Corporate culture, data culture, company culture, employee culture – the use of the words seems to grow almost by the day. All of these things can be crucial. But, arguably, the most important – and one that underpins many of the other workplace uses of the word – is coaching culture. But what exactly does it mean? Why should you create one, and how difficult is it to implement?

  • What's the difference between coaching and mentoring?

    4th August 2021

    There is often confusion surrounding business coaching and mentoring. People tend to think they are the same thing. There are even organisations that use the terms interchangeably. But business coaching and mentoring are different. And it is crucial the differences, as well as the benefits of each approach, are understood, so leaders are clear on the best way to develop their people.

  • Why should your leaders become coaches?

    21st July 2021

    The role of leaders is changing. They are increasingly expected to be less instructional and directive. Instead, they need to be more supportive with a greater focus on interpersonal skills. In short, employees now want their leaders to be coaches. Here are six reasons why it is time for your leaders to adopt a coaching style approach to leadership.

  • The lessons leaders can learn from Gareth Southgate

    5th July 2021

    Whatever the outcome of Euro 2020, there are lessons the England boss can teach us about leadership. To understand the reasons behind his success and the leadership skills others can learn from him, I sat down for a chat with Tienie Loubser, The BCF Group's learning and development director.

  • Why leaders should no longer serve up the feedback sandwich

    23rd June 2021

    Chances are you have been served a feedback sandwich at some point. It is a way of making constructive or negative feedback more appetising for the person receiving it, by layering it between two layers of praise. It may be well-intentioned, but it is also flawed, and is not an approach we would recommend.

  • The people skills needed by managers & leaders to stay ahead of AI

    14th June 2021

    You don't have to search too hard to find scare stories of job-stealing robots. Other views suggest the technology will help us and make our jobs better. So how can managers and leaders stay ahead of the drive for greater automation? Tienie Loubser, our learning and development director, believes the answer lies in people skills.

  • How can you prepare your workforce for a return to the office?

    24th May 2021

    While officially people who can work from home are still advised to do so, it seems many are already going back to the workplace. But the ‘return to the office' conversation is unlikely to be straightforward. So, what steps should managers take to prepare their workers to return to the office?

  • How you can ensure no one feels left out in virtual meetings

    12th May 2021

    As more of us now begin to gradually return to the office, at least for a few days a week, some of our old ways of working are beginning to return. But it seems clear that the virtual meetings that have played such a crucial role in keeping us all connected during the pandemic are here to stay. With this in mind, how can managers ensure all voices are heard during virtual meetings?

  • How to prevent manager burnout

    28th April 2021

    Manager burnout is becoming an increasingly common problem organisations are facing. In fact, it increased by 78 per cent during the past year, with all the challenges brought by the pandemic. So, what can managers do to help themselves? How can they prevent themselves from joining those who are already suffering from burnout?

  • Are your managers trying to do everything themselves?

    12th April 2021

    Managing a remote team can be complex even without a pandemic entering the mix. But doing it when everything around us is in turmoil increases those complications. Delegation skills are something we cover on our business coaching and management courses and we have put some of the advice from that training into this blog.

  • How to develop virtual leadership skills

    23rd March 2021

    How are you finding managing your teams remotely? We are now around a year into this huge home working experiment and a return to ‘business as usual' any time soon appears unlikely. So, this feels like a good time to take stock and consider how we are doing remotely and what could be improved. Here are our tips for developing your virtual leadership skills.

  • Remote working productivity – have you seen a dip?

    5th March 2021

    The best part of 12 months on and most people continue to work from home as offices around the country – and the rest of the world - remain shut. Whether or not you are experiencing productivity gains or are simply concerned about whether current levels can be maintained against a backdrop of continuing uncertainty about so much of life, there are steps managers can take.

  • How to give effective feedback to a remote workforce

    26th February 2021

    Giving feedback has become more challenging during the past year as remote working removed some of the meaningful access leaders have to their teams. So, we have put together some tips from our business coaching and management training courses to help your leaders give quality feedback remotely.

  • Are your teams suffering from Zoom fatigue?

    19th February 2021

    Video conferencing has been a lifeline over the past year as we all moved to working remotely. But 12 months on and people are increasingly talking about ‘Zoom fatigue'. The problem is Zoom remains a crucial tool we are going to continue to depend upon as the office remains shut. So, how can you help your teams cope with Zoom fatigue?

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